Plan to change when driving theory test is taken

Learner drivers in Jersey could have to pass their theory test before being allowed to learn to drive on the roads.

The 12 parish constables discussed the change at a meeting and said it should make the roads safer.

Currently learners just need a provisional licence to drive on the roads under supervision ready for their practical and theory tests.

In future, they may have to pass the theory test first in order to apply for a provisional licence.

Under the plans, teenagers could apply to sit their theory test up to a year before their 17th birthday so they could still learn to drive from the day they turn 17.

The parish constables have responsibility for issuing driving licences.

Trinity Constable John Gallichan said people should know their theory before getting behind the wheel of a car.

He said: "It just seems common sense really, they are going on the road, they have had no experience at all and don't know the Highway Code."

The committee's proposals also extend to moped riders who would have to pass a theory test before doing the basic training which allows them to ride around Jersey on a provisional licence.

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